Agent Guide | Different Types of Houses in Malaysia

If you are a property agent in Malaysia, it is important to be familiar with the different types of houses that are available in the market. Each type of house will appeal to different buyers, so understanding the pros and cons of each style is essential for successful salesmanship.

In this article, we will take a look at some of the most common types of houses found in Malaysia. We will also discuss what makes each one unique, and who might be interested in buying them.

So, whether you are a new agent just starting out, or you are looking to expand your knowledge base, read on for more information about Malaysian houses!

Types of Houses in Malaysia

types of houses in malaysia

All types of houses have their own advantages and disadvantages that might be suitable for one type of buyer but not for another. This makes it easier for agents working in the property industry to promote certain types of housing depending on who they are targeting with their advertising.


A bungalow is a type of house that is normally one storey with a second or partial floor constructed into the sloped roof. This sort of property is essentially a house built in the midst of a parcel of land where no other estate is connected to it, enhancing its solitude and exclusivity.

Bungalows remain one of Malaysia’s largest estates among landed properties.

A bungalow’s usual built-up size ranges from 2,470 to 12,500 square feet. A garden, parking area, and a wide piece of land are usually present around the residence.


A semi-detached house is a form of residential property in Malaysia that is connected to another house on one wall and has a wide garden or open space on the other side, generally spanning the front and rear of the house. Their designs are frequently mirrored.

The normal built-up area is between 2,300 and 5,600 square feet. Semi-detached dwellings, while not as elegant as bungalows, provide a nice balance of price and seclusion.


In Malaysia, this is arguably the most popular form of house.

Terrace houses are essentially residences that are built in rows, side by side. Each unit has two shared walls, one on the right and one on the left, and is sandwiched between them.

The normal built-up area ranges from 630 to 1,830 square feet. Storey heights can range from single-storey to double-storey, three-storey, and even four-storey buildings.

End-lot and corner-lot properties only have to share one shared wall and have another side with an open yard all to themselves, which is why they are generally more expensive. 


Townhouses are two-storey residential buildings that are partitioned and marketed as two units, with each floor housing a separate family. These are two residences in one, where one is built entirely or partially on top of the other.

The ground-floor unit uses half of the driveway, while the upper-floor unit uses the other half, with a stairwell leading to their unit above.

As developers come up with innovative methods to make townhouse living more hip and modern, some townhouses now have three to four storeys, making each apartment basically two storeys.

One unit, for example, will cover the first and third floors, while the other will cover the ground and second floors.

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Apartments provide a larger living area than flats. Apartments are designed for middle-income families and often have security gates and guards, as well as modest amenities such as playgrounds, landscaping, multi level parking, and, in some cases, extremely rudimentary sports facilities.

The normal built-up area is between 550 and 1,200 square feet. The fundamental distinction between an apartment and a flat is that an apartment has a management organisation that oversees the building’s upkeep.


Condominiums are multi-unit high-rise structures with individual unit owners that are often more upscale than apartments. The average built-up area was 2,110 to 4,175 square feet.

They provide additional amenities such as tennis courts, multi-purpose halls, gyms, BBQ pits, manicured vegetation, swimming pools, and indoor parking bays, as well as a larger area, modern furnishings, and excellent security.

These opulent high-rises are constructed with more modern materials to accommodate a reasonable number of occupants in a comfortable living environment.

Serviced Apartment

Serviced apartments are high-end, fully-furnished apartments that are rented out on a short or long-term basis to persons who seek a flexible living arrangement, rather than being sold on a strata title basis to individual unit owners like condos.

They are generally part of integrated or mixed development and have a single owner who owns all of the units in the building.

The main distinction between serviced homes and condominiums is their land status: condominiums are considered residential properties, whereas serviced apartments are commercially titled since they are built on ground that has been designated for commercial use.

As a result, this sort of property is often used as a substitute for hotels, catering to expatriates, tourists, and business travellers with hotel-like amenities and services such as round-the-clock security, front desk concierge, main lobby, housekeeping, and parking.

They are also frequently located directly over or adjacent to commercial complexes. The average size of a serviced apartment is 600 to 1,130 square feet.


SoHo, which stands for ‘Small Office, Home Office,’ is a unique idea in which the residence includes a small office area. These office rooms are frequently separated from the living space by a separate entrance or are built on a different level than the residential units.

SoHo may be used as an office or a house, and often include a living room, bedrooms, and fully equipped bathrooms. They are designed for those who work from homes, such as freelancers and small businesses. 

They are commercially titled but are utilised for domestic purposes, hence the Housing Development Act (HDA) protects them. The normal built-up size of these apartments, which range from 400 to 800 square feet, is less than that of ordinary residential buildings

Shop House

A shophouse is a two-storey or three-storey high single-unit property that serves as both a residential and a commercial enterprise in a commercial district. They are normally constructed in a row, side by side, and along a roadway.

Ground-floor flats are frequently utilised for commercial purposes, such as food and beverage or retail establishments. The top floors are frequently used as the store owner’s apartment or as employee dormitories.


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